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Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:37 pm
The Osi Umenyiora staredown is real. The guy is ticked and serious about getting what he wants, which is why he wasn't at the Giants' facility Friday morning.

If he fails to show up for training camp, he'll start absorbing a $30,000 per day fine. Some agents wondered if the league could impose the fine with the CBA not ratified, but an NFL spokesman told me Friday it could -- because it was part of the agreement that players approved on Monday.

But this isn't about a fine. This is about integrity, and Umenyiora contends in an affadavit that was part of the Tom Brady antitrust suit that Giants' GM Jerry Reese didn't live up to his word when, in 2008, he promised that if Umenyiora were a productive player for two years he would reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would.

Neither has happened, and as of Thursday night neither Umenyiora nor his agent had spoken with Reese.

So the situation is hot, and it could get hotter. One source close to Umenyiora told me the defensive end is so steamed he won't play another down for the Giants. That's fine, execept he's under contract to the club for another two seasons. So he's stuck. The Giants don't have to do anything except collect fines for each day he misses.

Plus, Umenyiora lost some leverage Thursday when the Giants re-signed Mathias Kiwanuka, a pass-rushing specialist who missed most of last year with a neck injury. Only Umenyiora is a premier pass rusher, who last year produced 11 sacks and an NFL-record 10 forced fumbles.

At some point, preferably soon, this needs to be resolved -- and the Giants know it. They should put the Umenyiora issue behind them quickly, then move on. It's a distraction that nobody -- not Reese, coach Tom Coughlin or the Giants -- needs heading into a season where they're trying to return to the playoffs.

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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:33 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

This isn't Nancy, sitting behind a desk doing her job and complaining about her salary.  This is a man that is a modern-day gladiator that can blow his knee out on any given play.  When you perform at his level, and look a man in the eye and shake his hand to a deal, that should be accounted for.  Do what you want Osi, I feel for you.  All these stupid fans don't have a clue what its like to be a football player.  When Nmamdi is out there making 15million dollars a year and doesn't even have to hit anybody, he should get what he deserves.  Get a clue people, so what that he made pretty good money already.  He could go out on that field under this contract, play one play and his career could be over.  Then what is he going to be saying 30 years from now?  If you don't have a clue about the game of football, then stop trying to like you deserve to be listened to.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:31 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

For those in the palmer camp, I guess you are also in this guys camp. He is doing the exact thing as Palmer is and that is making threats and not going to honor his contract. Funny, I don't see the media siding with him like they are doing with Carson. I also don't see the media bashing the owner.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:30 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

This is the big thing with the NY media, they always pull this.  I live in the area so I see the stories every year.  Players ALWAYS claim management promised them a new contract.  I don't know whether the media tells them to say it or what, but they always run the stories so to me they are the ones that create this drama every time.  The Jets had this same thing so they just started trading away any player that made that claim.  Levarnues Coles always would claim every single year that he was promised a new contract.  A few others did it too, but the Jets got rid of these guys I guess and made it clear management never makes those promises, so the players finally quit it.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:23 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Sure the owners get their money back when big contracts don't perform.  Have you missed all of the verteran cuts that have taken place recently?  So the owners don't need to live up to their contracts, they can cut a players at any time, but the players do?  Nice double standards.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:44 am

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Here we go again, another NFL moron.  The guy has made about 34 million dollars already in his career, he's owed just over 3 million dollars in 2011 and about 4 million in 2012.  BUT... he he's demanding an extension, 2 years early.  The owners need to stop giving in and letting these idiot players determine how they do business.  And please, don't tell me the owner "promised" him anything because that's a load of crap. Anything not on paper means nothing.  That's like a player when being interviewed by a team that's ready to put up big money promising big numbers and outstanding play but if the player fails the owner asks for his money back.  It doesn't work that way. I am willing to bet hundreds of players have made promises they didn't keep and the owner didn't get any of his money back. 

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